July 15, 2011
Q. False Indigo
Will it hurt to cut my false indigo back before fall? Due to all the rain and high winds, it has gotten really sloppy and I can’t keep it upright at this point. I have tied it up, but the wind is pushing it over and covering other plants in that flower bed. I love the plant and will deal with it if I can’t cut it back.
July 16, 2011
It should be okay to go ahead and cut the plant back, provided it has finished flowering. I would only perform a light pruning at this point, however, and then resume in fall or it might even be better to wait until spring, depending on your region's winters.